Gartner Research

How to Plan, Architect and Operate Enterprise Content-Aware DLP

Published: 02 April 2015

ID: G00271436

Analyst(s): Anton Chuvakin


Enterprise content-aware data loss prevention technology has matured and is on the verge of becoming a standard part of security architecture. This guidance document helps security architects and project leaders to make the right decisions at each stage of a DLP project.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Information Classification and Inventory
    • DLP Readiness Assessment
  • Plan
    • Analyze Existing Controls and Target Data
    • Determine Goals and Requirements
    • Review Use Cases
    • Decide the Initial Approach and Phases
    • Launch the DLP Program
  • Select
    • Selection Approach
    • DLP Acquisition Timeline
    • DLP Testing Approaches
  • Deploy
    • Phased Approach and Quick Wins
    • DLP System Architecture and Its Evolution
    • E-DLP Tool Deployment Prerequisites
    • Recommended Starting Policies
  • Operate
    • DLP Staffing Model
    • E-DLP Tool and Process Ownership
    • Key Operational Processes
    • Business Support and Engagement Are Imperative for Success
  • Evolve and Expand
    • Evolving From Observation to Action
    • DLP Maturity Scale
    • Expanding the E-DLP Deployment

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Planning-Stage Risks
  • Selection Stage Risks
  • Deployment Stage Risks
  • Operational Stage Risks
  • Related Guidance

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